Twenty-three teams continued their mandatory minicamps Wednesday, providing a constant stream of quotes, practice updates and player nuggets.
Here's what we learned:
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2.Around The League's upcoming "making the leap" series lost its No. 1 choice from the New Orleans Saints when outside linebacker Victor Butler was diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Butler sustained the injury in a collision with Mark Ingram during Tuesday's practice. The Saints' already suspect pass rushing took a big hit.
5. If incumbent Mark Sanchez wins the Jets' quarterback competition, coach Rex Ryan will consider rookie Geno Smith as a read-option change-up similar to Colin Kaepernick's early-season role with the San Francisco 49ers before Alex Smith was benched in 2012. Smith was tight-lipped when asked if he would join Sanchez at "Jets West" camp next month.
7.Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said "there's nothing new" regarding contract talks with free agent Richard Seymour, but the Falcons aren't ruling out signing the five-time All-Pro. Dimitroff continued to fan the Seymour flames, acknowledging that the Falcons are among the teams that believe the defensive lineman can still be productive. "I think everyone believes he still has legitimate gas left in the tank," Dimitroff added.
14.Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer disclosed that wide receiver Austin Pettis is "probably having the best camp of all the skill players. Let's see if he can carry it over into training camp. Chris Givens, Tavon Austin and Jared Cook will be the primary weapons for Sam Bradford this season.
Around The League will be back with another minicamp roundup on Thursday before NFL coaches catch their first break since last summer.